Did the February school vacation week creep up on your family? It might feel like we just had a break, what with having three snow days and a weekend right in a row, but next week, there are five days kids have off and parents need to fill them with things to do. For those who didn’t book a camp or have vacation plans, never fear! There are plenty of local February break activities to keep everyone busy, from free ice-skating in Boston to letter boxing in Connecticut.
Highland Street Winter Camp
Feb. 20-24, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Free admission includes skate rentals, skating aids, lockers)
Skating times: Session 1: 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Session 2: 12:00-1:30 p.m.; Session 3: 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Session 4: 4:00-5:30 p.m.; Session 5: 6:00-7:30 p.m.; Session 6: 8:00-9:30 p.m.
The nonprofit Highland Street Foundation is well known for its Free Fun Friday programs in the summer, teaming up with a slew of organizations to offer family-friendly programs. This winter, it’s sponsoring free ice skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond for February school break. Also, on Thursday, it’s working with the City of Boston to turn the Boston Common into a winter wonderland with snow slides, toboggans, a snow maze, snowshoeing lessons, and arts and crafts.
Vacations Adventures at Bradley
Mon. Feb. 20, Tues. Feb. 21, & Wed. Feb. 22, 10am-2pm
Ideal for kids ages 8 to 11, there will be indoor games, outdoor scavenger hunts, snowshoeing, and building snow garden snow art. Activities will be in the living room and in back of the Main House in the formal garden, with games and crafts that build on garden and woodland themes. Parents/guardians are required to accompany their children and you can choose to stay for just an hour or for all four.
February School Vacation Week
Mon., Feb. 20-Fri., Feb. 24
The Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol, R.I., is hosting all sorts of drop-in programs and activities during school vacation. Kids can learn about animal habits and habitats, make a special meal for the birds, and meet some of the center’s resident animals. Each day of the week has a different theme (Monday is Shark Science; Tuesday is Squid Dissection; Wednesday is Owl Power; Thursday is Nature Games; and Friday is Animal Nightlife), and every day features a variety of focused activities. These include Nature Crafts (from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.); Nature Stories (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.); a Special Animal Program (11 a.m.); and an Animal Interview (1:30 p.m.).
Flanders Nature Center Activities
This nonprofit organization in Woodbury, Conn., offers outdoor environmental education programs that connect science, nature, agriculture and art. It is offer two special vacation fun days (see below), but there is always outdoor adventures to discover at the 200-acre Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary and the 686-acre Whittemore Sanctuary, both in Woodbury. They offer a network of well-marked and well-maintained pedestrian-only trails for year-round recreation, including walking, hiking, wildlife observation, photo treks, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Trails at both Sanctuaries are open every day from dawn to dusk. In addition, Flanders has planted several letterboxes on the family friendly trails with educational comments about the natural world.
February Vacation Fun Days at The Trail House
Mon., Feb. 20 and Tues., Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 1-5 p.m. or all day
Kids in grades kindergarten through fifth grade can participate in “Amazing Animals” where they will spend time discovering the wonderful world of animals. Starting from the Flanders trail house they will hike the trails and learn how to track animals active in winter. These will be fun filled days packed with exploring the great outdoors, learning about the wonderful world of wildlife and age appropriate stories, games, and crafts. Pre-registration is required.